JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said in his new
year message that the country will strive to achieve inclusive
growth in 2018.
Zuma said the country experienced a poor economic growth in
2017 but managed to get out of the technical recession. Zuma
said they made significant progress in fighting poverty,
inequality and unemployment.
"In the New Year, we will need to put extra efforts together,
to reignite the economy and promote growth and also to make it
inclusive and beneficial to all," said Zuma.
He said the country will continue to promote investments in
various sectors, including energy, manufacturing, transport,
telecommunications, tourism, oceans economy, mining and
"We will also continue to lay a firm foundation for greater
growth through our infrastructure rollout program," Zuma said,
also promising more investment in education and greater efforts
to tackle crime and drug abuse.
Xi and Zuma exchange congratulations on anniversary of
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
Chinese President Xi Jinping
exchanged congratulatory messages with his South African
counterpart Jacob Zuma on the 20th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In his message, Xi said that with the joint efforts in the
past 20 years, the China-South Africa relations have enjoyed
comprehensive and in-depth development, and have been upgraded
to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
It has been proven that consolidating and advancing an
all-round cooperation between China and South Africa conforms to
the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples,
He said he is willing to continue to work with President Zuma
to further develop the relationship between China and South
Africa so as to better benefit the two nations and two peoples.
China and South Africa are co-chairing the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Xi said, adding that the
Johannesburg Summit co-chaired by him and Zuma back in 2015
achieved great success.
China agrees to host a FOCAC summit in 2018, based on
President Zuma’s proposal and the common aspritions of other
African countries, Xi said.
He added that he is willing to work with President Zuma and
other African leaders to make the 2018 summit a historical event
which will strengthen unity and cooperation between China and
For his part, Zuma said that the 20th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South
Africa is a milestone in the two countries’ histories.
In the past 20 years, China and South Africa have achieved
sound results in cooperation based on traditional friendship and
mutual trust, Zuma said, adding that the bilateral relations
have been upgraded and has been attached much strategic
The two nations have been conducting close coordination on
common interests and have also jointly tackled new threats and
new global challenges, he said.
While co-chairing the FOCAC, South Africa and China are
committed to developing the Africa-China partnership and
stepping up efforts in implementing the decisions made at the
Johannesburg Summit, Zuma said.
He said that he expects to participate in the FOCAC summit to
be held in September 2018 in China, expressing willingness that
the two countries will take the opportunity of the anniversary
to further advance their friendship, expand cooperation and
achieve win-win results.
Lightning kills four in South Africa
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
Four people lost their
lives when they were struck by lightning in South Africa on
Sunday, authorities said.
Two were killed when lightning struck two villages in Eastern
Cape Province, the provincial health department said.
Sixteen other people were injured during the strikes, said
A separate lightning strike in KwaZulu-Natal Province killed
two people and injured three others, the provincial government
Those injured have been taken to nearby hospitals and were in
a stable condition. Most of them suffered severe burns,
according to health officials.
Heavy storms have ripped through the Eastern Cape and
KwaZulu-Natal province in the past few days, leaving a trail of
Disaster management teams have been put on high alert
following the storms.
Authorities have cautioned people against using trees as a
cover in cloudy conditions, particularly in the middle of summer
when lightning takes place frequently.
South Africa has one of the highest lightning ground strike
densities in the world. Particularly in recent years, deaths
from lightning are growing in rural areas.
Thunderstorms, generating big electrical discharges, are
common in South Africa’s eastern and northern provinces between
October and March.
At least 100 people are killed annually due to lightning
strikes in South Africa, according to official statistics.
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